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Media Release

Catastrophic fire danger advice for the Goldfields
Monday 28 December 2009 – 7:15 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating for the remainder of Monday 28 December and all of Tuesday 29 December for the Goldfields.

 

This includes the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and shires of:

 

·         Coolgardie

·         Dundas

·         Laverton

·         Leonora

·         Menzies

·         Esperance

 

Keep up to date with fire information through local radio, websites and TV. Do not wait for an emergency warning before you act. Your safest option for survival is away from the fire. If you see flames call triple zero.

 

Catastrophic

If a fire starts:

  • It will be unpredictable, difficult to control and move very fast.
  • Flames will be higher than roof tops.
  • Thousands of embers will be blown around your home causing other fires.
  • Spot fires may start 20 kilometres ahead of the main fire.
  • Well prepared, well constructed and actively defended homes are highly unlikely to be safe.

 

If you live within 100 metres of bushland you should

 

  • Put your survival first and leave, it is the best option. It is safest to leave early, that is hours or the day before a fire starts.
  • Under no circumstances will it be safe to stay and defend your home.

 

To find out how to prepare your property, how to develop a bushfire survival plan and what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or call 9323 9300 during normal office hours.

 

Check the Fire Danger Rating for your area by visiting www.bom.gov.au or call 1900 955 366 (call charges apply).

 

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Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.

 

 

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